I have a new book coming out this January, Packing Light: New and Selected Poems (Black Widow Press). And I have contracted to do several out of town readings. Some of them are paid readings. Others I'm just doing to get the book out into the world. I wonder how other writers manage this--what percentage of readings do you offer for free?
Some of my donated readings are outreach events for cancer patients, for public schools. I do every one I'm asked to do, which sometimes runs me into the ground. It's good karma.
But the general readings--how do others balance the paid and upaid events? With gas prices as high as they are, can you afford to give as many readings for free as you might want to?
And if you're as busy as I am--how do you say no to some of the requests? I would love to hear from others about strategies for preserving self and sanity while not alienating others?
Cheers and thanks in advance for advice--Marilyn
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.